The ultrasound of Johnny's kidneys also came back ok. The Renal team did discover that due to the amount of fluids he is receiving his blood saline levels are really out of whack. This is allowing fluids to "leak" from his circulatory system and cause him to bloat. Julie and I have noticed he has looked "puffy" from time to time, but it usually cleared up pretty quickly. When this happens his belly button turns into a little slit. It looks like his stomach is smiling at you when this happens. His normal doctors weren't really all that concerned about it until yesterday. This time he has stayed puffy, and his hands and feet also look bloated. That's why they asked the Renal team to take a look at him. Fortunately they were very quick to diagnose the problem and suggested a couple of new drugs to help him shed the extra fluids and bring his blood chemistry back in line. A simple fix, but he will probably be waking Julie and me up all night so he can go to the bathroom. I'm just glad this issue is figured out. The smiling belly button thing was starting to freak me out a little.
No word yet on todays CT scan of his lungs. The ID and Hem/Oc doctors will probably take a look and tell us what they think tomorrow. If the radiologist looks at it first they will give us the results. If not they will give us their opinion with the disclaimer that they are not radiologists.
Johnny has had a consistent low grade fever since leaving the ICU. At this time he is being covered for just about every bacteria or fungus known, so the doctors are working hard to figure out where the issue lies. The first assumption is that he still has some type of infection, but it's also possible he could have a virus, or even some of the medications can cause fevers. Hopefully we will have more answers tomorrow.